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Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

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Visitors can observe wild bears and learn more about their habits during a visit to the sanctuary

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The Visit:

  • During the shuttle ride, guides inform visitors about the history of the sanctuary and the bears who inhabit it. Guests will be able to observe bears from the viewing platform as well as take pictures and ask the staff questions. Educational talks and a gift shop (all proceeds support the sanctuary) are also available.
  • Free admission for children 5 and under
  • Prohibited items: tripods, scooters, video recorders, smoking, and food and beverages (other than water)
  • Pets not allowed.
  • Transportation: shuttle from the parking lot to the viewing platform comes every 15–20 minutes
  • The sanctuary can be supported with donations

Memberships:

  • Basic Membership:
    • Tri-annual subscription to Bear in Mind, the publication of the VSWS
    • Official ABA/VSWS window cling
    • Two one-time use guest passes for free admission during public hours (must present membership card and ID)
  • Friends of the Cubs Membership:
    • Tri-annual subscription to Bear in Mind, the publication of the VSWS
    • Official ABA/VSWS window cling
    • 8”×10” photo of cubs and a certificate in padded cover
    • “Friends of the Cubs” lapel pin
    • Recognition in Bear in Mind
    • Two guest passes for unlimited, free admission during public hours (must present membership card and ID)
    • 10% off in-store and online gift shop (must present membership card and ID)
  • Sustaining Member Membership:
    • Tri-annual subscription to Bear in Mind, the publication of the VSWS
    • Official ABA/VSWS window cling
    • 8”×10” photo of cubs and a certificate in padded cover
    • “Friends of the Cubs” lapel pin
    • Recognition in Bear in Mind
    • Two guest passes for unlimited, free admission during public hours (must present membership card and ID)
    • 10% off in-store and online gift shop (must present membership card and ID)
    • Five postcards of bear cubs
    • A copy of “Bear Man” DVD – featuring the life and legacy of Vince Shute

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Subject to weather. Tripods, scooters, pets, video recorders, smoking, and food and beverages (other than water) are not allowed on the viewing platform. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gift(s). Limit 1 per visit. Subject to availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

During the Great Depression, Vince Shute spent long hours in the woods as a logger, finding ways to fend off black bears who wandered onto his camp. He eventually grew to love these bears and dedicated his life to creating a sanctuary for the humble creatures, even forming the American Bear Association before his death in 2000. Today, the late Shute's legend lives on through the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary.

Upon arriving at the sanctuary, guests travel about one mile along a gravel road before being greeted by the spectacular view of the dense woods, where bears' heads peak out from behind trees. Visitors learn about about the history of the sanctuary, and they are not free to walk the grounds. They are free to walk on the viewing platform only, which includes a gift shop.

Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

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